Narinder Batra and Rajeev Mehta started an open battle when an email exchange between Indian Olympic Association President, Narinder Batra and secretary-general Rajeev Mehta was made public.
Batra sent an email to Mehta on Thursday on how he wants to “take over” his work, so that Mehta can spend “more time with his family”.
Batra wrote, “I have decided to take over/divide much of your workload and will be doing the needful in days to come…since I am Delhi based…your very important advice will be sought” by adding that Mehta will then be able to “spend more time with his family” and take care of his business in Nainital, Uttarakhand.
If Batra was so interested in taking over the responsibilities of the secretary-general, he should have chosen to fight for the post in 2017.
Mehta shot back by replying this, “IOA office is open and i get reports on every work in the office, as on today”. Mehta replied to Batra. “As for your desire to take over some of my responsibility, I may inform you that I am perfectly comfortable with the workload assigned to me…if you have such desires of doing day to day affairs, I would have stepped down from office in 2017 and you should have contested as Secretary-General of IOA.”
He then took a dig at Batra’s workload — “you should spend quality time with your family in Delhi while you continue your work with Hockey India and International Hockey Federation for the advancement of Hockey.”
As Batra is also the president of hockey’s global governing body, FIH.
“This whole thing has put IOA in a bad light. Is this the time to do all this when Federations are trying to manage the training of athletes in the middle of the pandemic” said an official.
To this whole IOA treasurer Anandeshwar Pandey had also shot off a letter to Batra by saying everyone’s role in IOA constitution is well defined. “No office bearer is above the constitution”.
He also pointed out that only changes can be made through a general body meeting.